NESN Bruins analyst Mike Milbury talked with Dale & Holley Wednesday morning about the Flyers rallying to win three games to even up the second-round series against the Bruins.
‘It was a surprise to me that it was 3-0,’ Milbury said. ‘It was great for Boston that they were a overtime goal away from taking the thing, but it doesn’t surprise me that Philadelphia has now come back to even the series.’
Milbury also talked about Montreal’s impressive run through the playoffs over favorites Washington and Pittsburgh.
Below is a transcript. Visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page to hear the interview.
The Bruins had a 3-0 lead, they’re now tied 3-3, what happened?
Put this in the perspective. Remember in late February after we came off the break and into March, people were saying such things as decapitate [Dennis] Wideman, fire the coach, they suck and they’re never going anywhere, right? Now all of a sudden they find themselves in a pretty good matchup against Buffalo and they get the job done and show some good resiliency. Then they meet Philadelphia, who’s lucky to be in the dance, and the surprise for me is that Boston was up 3-0 in the first place.
If you go through this matchup by position, Tuukka Rask is really the better goaltender than whatever Philadelphia is throwing at you, but keep in mind that [Michael] Leighton was pretty good when he was healthy. It was the first time showing signs that he might actually be a No. 1 goalie, but clearly the edge goes to Boston.
On defense, I heard you guys talking about this earlier, I have to give the edge to Philadelphia. If you just cross out [Chris] Pronger vs. [Zdeno] Chara, you’ve got [Matt] Carle, which I think we both agree he’s had a great series, and [Dennis] Wideman, who’s played pretty well except has had some unfortunate moments that he’s prone to with brain crampage, but he’s still been pretty good in the playoffs. (more…)